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The Dodgers Survive Coors Field and Zach McKinstry is a DUDE | Blue Heaven Podcast

Episode 187: “Surviving Coors Field, on to Oakland & McKinstry is a DUDE!”

DENVER, CO - APRIL 2: A cat runs onto the field and past Corey Seager #5 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on April 2, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)


Mercifully, the Dodgers survived Colorado (mostly) with a winning record. The boys in blue took 3 of 4 from the Rockies but unfortunately lost Tony Gonsolin to a shoulder issue before he even made his season debut.

We discuss the positives and many negatives of opening the season in the mile-high city. Of course, among the positives, the bats came out on fire scoring 26 runs over 4 games. On the other hand, the LA pitching staff allowed 21 runs in those games.

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In another contrasting positive/negative situation, Zach McKinstry has looked like a big leaguer over the season’s first 4 (and now 5) games. After Monday night’s action — note, we recorded this before the game) — the rookie owns a .545 batting average (6-11) and has looked solid on defense. Meanwhile, AJ Pollock has struggled out of the gate this season, leading the guys to wonder if Dave Roberts needs to consider a true platoon in left field.

Finally, we lightly preview the series in Oakland before devolving to the Astros being cheaters and Carlos Correa being a dirty player. Plus thoughts on Yadier Molina of the Cardinals always being in the middle of baseball fights.

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Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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